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Prince Harry meets helicopter crews in Norway

The Duke of Sussex has been meeting army pilots and ground crew from Suffolk who are on an extreme training mission in Norway.

Prince Harry arrives at the military base Credit: MoD

Members of the Army Air Corps from Wattisham have been on a cold weather exercise at a Royal Navy base in the Arctic Circle.

Prince Harry served with the Apache attack helicopters during his time in the army.

An Apache landing in the Arctic Circle Credit: MoD


Aircraft makes emergency landing in field

The French built Robin Major aircraft in a wheat field Credit: Rod Skeet

A light aircraft has made an emergency landing in a Suffolk wheat field.

The Robin Major, believed to have been built in the 1970s, came down near Wattisham.

Recovery teams must now decided how to get the aircraft out of the field Credit: Rod Skeet

There are no reports of any injuries. It's not yet known what caused the aircraft to come down.

Prince Harry to take on new military role

Prince Harry to take on new military role. Credit: PA Images

Prince Harry will take up a new military role organising major commemorative events involving the Army after completing his attachment with the Army Air Corps flying Apache helicopters from Wattisham in Suffolk.

The Prince, who has twice been deployed to Afghanistan, will become a Staff Officer at HQ London District, which organises ceremonial spectacles like Trooping the Colour and state visits.

Captain Wales, as he was known, had spent three and a half years in training and operations with the Apache Force, most of them based at Wattisham.

New defence contract for Suffolk helicopters

A Wattisham based Apache attack helicopter Credit: ITV Anglia

Army commanders say a new contract to service attack helicopters based at Wattisham in Suffolk will save the tax payer millions of pounds.

The Apache fleet has seen extensive service in Afghanistan Credit: ITV Anglia

The Ministry of Defence has signed a six year deal which its says will simplify the supply chain and improve technical support for the Apache fleet.


Prince of Wales due to visit Suffolk airbase

Prince Charles to visit Suffolk

The Prince of Wales is due to visit RAF Wattisham in Suffolk later today to present service medals to soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

Prince Charles last visited the airbase two years ago. Around 40 army air corps personnel will be honoured by the Prince today before he moves on to Houghton Hall near King's Lynn to open an art exhibition.

RAF search and rescue service to be run by US firm

Sea King helicopter Credit: PA

The region's only search and rescue helicopter base - at Wattisham in Suffolk - is to be axed after the service was privatised.

Britain's search-and-rescue helicopter service, which employs the Duke of Cambridge, is to be run by Bristow Helicopters, the Government announced today.

The award of the £1.6 billion deal ends 70 years of a service run by the RAF and Royal Navy squadrons.

It also spells the end of the use of Sea King helicopters - flown by William - in search-and-rescue (SAR) work.

Under the new contract, 22 state-of-the-art helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK.

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